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Ester Ledecka first woman to win gold in two sports at same Winter Olympics

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One week after shocking the world by winning a gold medal in Alpine skiing, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic strapped back into a snowboard and won a gold medal in her primary sport.

Ledecka, the No. 1 ranked athlete in women’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding, qualified for the finals of that event with the fastest time, then won four consecutive head-to-head races to claim her second gold medal of the PyeongChang Olympics.

With the win, Ledecka is the first woman to win gold medals in two different sports at the same Winter Olympics.

Results: Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom

Gold: Ester Ledecka (CZE)
Silver: Selina Joerg (GER)
Bronze: Ramona Hofmeister (GER)
4. Alena Zavarzina (OAR)
5. Benjamin Karl (AUT)
6. Stefan Baumeister (GER)
7. Roland Fischnaller (ITA)
8. Edwin Coratti (ITA)

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Olympic snowboarding schedule

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NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event of the PyeongChang Winter Games.

The snowboarding streaming schedule is here.

The sport’s full, event-by-event schedule is here:

Men’s slopestyle (qualifying)
Feb. 9 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET

Men’s slopestyle (final)
Feb. 10 8-9:45 p.m. ET

Women’s slopestyle (qualifying)
Feb. 10 11:30 p.m.-1:35 a.m. ET

Women’s slopestyle (final)
Feb. 11 8-9:45 p.m. ET

Women’s halfpipe (qualifying)
Feb. 11 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. ET

Women’s halfpipe (final)
Feb. 12 8-9:40 p.m. ET

Men’s halfpipe (qualifying)
Feb. 12 11 p.m.-12:50 a.m. ET

Men’s halfpipe (final)
Feb. 13 8:30-10:10 p.m. ET

Men’s snowboard cross
Feb. 14 9 p.m.-1 a.m. ET

Women’s snowboard cross
Feb. 15 8-11:15 p.m. ET

Women’s big air (qualifying)
Feb. 18 7:30-10:25 p.m. ET

Men’s big air (qualifying)
Feb. 20 7:30-10:45 p.m. ET

Women’s/men’s parallel giant slalom (qualifying)
Feb. 21 10-11:50 p.m. ET

Women’s big air (final)
Feb. 22 7:30-9:15 p.m. ET

Men’s big air (final)
Feb. 23 8-9:45 p.m. ET

Men’s/women’s parallel giant slalom (finals)
Feb. 23 10-11:30 p.m. ET

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White, Kim lead Olympic snowboard team; gold medalist left off

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The 26-member U.S. Olympic snowboard team was named Tuesday, headlined by Shaun WhiteKelly Clark and Chloe Kim.

White, Clark and Kim — as well as Olympic medalists Jamie Anderson and Lindsey Jacobellis — automatically qualified for the team earlier this season.

The biggest news Tuesday was in the omissions. The following snowboarders failed to make the PyeongChang roster:

Hannah Teter — 2006 Olympic halfpipe champion
Seth Wescott — 2006, 2010 Olympic snowboard cross champion
Nate Holland — Seven-time X Games snowboard cross champion
Alex Deibold — 2014 Olympic snowboard cross bronze medalist

Teter, Wescott, Holland and Deibold all competed in Olympic qualifiers, but none ranked among the top four Americans in their events this season.

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The full U.S. Olympic snowboard team:

Halfpipe
Kelly Clark — 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 Olympian
Arielle Gold — 2014 Olympian
Chloe Kim
Maddie Mastro
Ben Ferguson
Chase Josey
Jake Pates
Shaun White — 2006, 2010, 2014 Olympian

Kim is the gold-medal favorite. White is among the favorites along with Scotty James of Australia and Ayumu Hirano of Japan. The U.S. women could sweep the podium.

Big Air/Slopestyle
Jamie Anderson — 2014
Jessika Jenson — 2014
Hailey Langland
Julia Marino
Chris Corning
Red Gerard
Kyle Mack
Ryan Stassel — 2014

The U.S. women could sweep either the big air or slopestyle podium, too. The U.S. swept the first Olympic slopestyle titles in Sochi with Anderson and the now-retired Sage Kotsenburg. Big air makes its Olympic debut in PyeongChang.

Snowboard Cross
Faye Gulini — 2010, 2014
Lindsey Jacobellis — 2006, 2010, 2014
Rosie Mancari
Meghan Tierney
Nick Baumgartner — 2010, 2014
Jonathan Cheever
Mick Dierdorff
Hagen Kearney

Jacobellis is a five-time world champion and 10-time X Games champion but owns just one Olympic medal, and it’s a silver. She finished second and then won the next two World Cups to start this season to clinch her fourth Olympic berth.

Parallel Giant Slalom
A.J. Muss
Mike Trapp

The U.S. last earned an Alpine snowboarding medal in 2006 and isn’t favored to make the podium in PyeongChang.

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